September 23rd, 2008
03:02 PM ET

Details of Execution Day

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Gabriel Falcon
AC360 Writer

Barring a last minute stay by the U.S. Supreme Court, Georgia will execute Troy Anthony Davis by lethal injection tonight at 7p ET at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson. If the execution is carried out, Davis will be the 43rd inmate put to death by the state since 1973.

Davis was convicted in the 1989 murder of Savannah Police Officer Mark MacPhail largely on the testimony of nine witnesses. There was no physical evidence, and no weapon was ever found.

The case has made headlines worldwide in part because seven witnesses for the prosecution have recanted the testimony they gave at the criminal trial. One witness claimed he was pressured to implicate Davis. Davis' lawyers and supporters say this is a case of mistaken identity.

But several courts and the state parole board have concluded that Davis is guilty of the crime, and should pay the ultimate price.

Davis refused a last meal request. A press release from the Georgia Department of Corrections Office of Public Affairs says for his final dinner, the state will provide him macaroni and cheese, pinto beans, green beans, lettuce and tomato salad, corn bread, fruit cobbler, and tea.

We spoke with the Office of Public Affairs. This is the timeline today and sequence of events for Troy Anthony Davis:

Davis will have visitation with family members from 9a to 3p. At 3p, he will undergo a routine physical. At 4p, Davis is offered his last meal, followed by an offer to make a recorded last statement at 5p.

According to the Office of Public Affairs, Davis will be offered ativan, a mild sedative, at 6p. He will be executed at 7p. His remains will then be transported to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s crime lab for a routine autopsy before being released to his family.

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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Nick

    I just read an article saying the state of georgia issued that stay Monday. Why is this article out of date? Let the courts handle this. I hate the modern media insinuation that the courts and our justice system are "broken". As Cindy above shows, there is always more to it than you can read in most articles. Many more bad people get off than good people get put down. I think the balance is about right. All the bias is in the right direction.

    September 23, 2008 at 8:34 pm |
  2. Rosie

    Re: Troy Anthony Davis:
    It is good to know that God is yet on his throne and is always true to his own word; which is to loose those who are appointed to die [ Psalm 102:20]
    The reason there should be no death penalty is because, as imperfect human-beings, we are capable of making mistakes in our judgment, and in what we did or did not witness, as wellas being willing to perjure ourselves on behalf of our loveones, or friends, or even out of fear. And to error in a life and death situation, based on any of the above, is too costly to make.
    I would rather give 100 criminals life in prison, if it meant saving one innocent life. I thank God for his intervention, on Davis behalf, and do look forward to his being set free. I believe he is innocent of this charge, and if I have judged him right, I am confident that God will not let his life be wrongfully snuffed out, by the will of man.

    September 23, 2008 at 7:26 pm |
  3. Mary V., Salt Lake City, UT

    I do not understand how the far-right is against abortion but will execute a man/woman?

    What part do you not get about "Thou shall not kill"?

    September 23, 2008 at 7:20 pm |
  4. Rose from San Bernardino, Calif


    September 23, 2008 at 7:20 pm |
  5. Surafel Melaku

    1989 people discriminate, all those witness purposely could lie. If they did find any evidence i don't think its fair to take his life away. Let's be fair, and have a mind of 21st century. The least we can do is put him in life, not take his life!

    September 23, 2008 at 6:33 pm |
  6. Jazzy

    This is NOT right if they do not have any physical evidence and no weapon was ever found because that just shows how bad of a criminal justice system we have for them to just execute somebody so quickly.

    September 23, 2008 at 6:32 pm |
  7. EJ (USA)


    The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a stay of execution for Troy Anthony Davis, who was convicted in 1991 of killing a police officer.

    September 23, 2008 at 5:45 pm |
  8. Cindy

    I think you all need to tell the whole story here. Troy Davis is far from an innocent man!

    Earlier that night before shooting MacPhail he went to a party where he got mad at some girls. He was heard saying that he wanted to kill them and as they were leaving he shot into the car hitting a guy in the jaw. They ID'd him perfectly.

    Later that night he and another guy, Red Coles, tried to rob Larry Young at a fast food restaurant in the parking lot. Davis hit Larry up side the head with the butt of his gun and Larry started screaming. That is when the off duty policeman, MacPhail, who was working as a security guard, came out and Larry shot him point blank when he told Larry to stop. Then Larry walked towards him and as he was laying on the ground shot him in the face and was laughing as he did it. Before he was arrested he even told his girlfriend that he shot MacPhail in self defense.

    The gun nor gunshot residue was never found because he fled and was not caught until four days later. There was no physical evidence at the scene because Davis never touched MacPhail. But the gun used to shoot the guy earlier at the party was the same kind that was used to shoot MacPhail. Davis was ID'd as the shooter at the party. The witnesses who recanted their stories are afraid of being killed because Davis hung with a gang and went by the name RAH...Rough As He**.

    That is the whole story that you all are failing to tell here. Davis is far from the choir boy that his followers want you to believe. All criminals claim their innocents when they are in jail.


    September 23, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  9. Isaiah

    This is sad! If all witnesses for the proscution have recanted their testimony and one as said he was made to testify....I just don't see how courts or the parole board can say he deseves to be put to death. NO physical evidence.... another sad day in America and just show how the justice system is so broken. I'm sure if th young man had millions he would be walking the streets.

    September 23, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  10. dayna

    These folks should read John Grisham's book called The Innocent Man which describes the shoddy police work and corruption in Ada Oklahoma that destroyed several innocent men's lives by incarcerating them for years and almost led to the lethal injection of two innocent men.....This case bares a likeness to those.....I too hope there is a stay of execution if there is doubt as to his guilt....

    September 23, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  11. Gabe

    This is ridiculous. Our justice system is a crock. Incompetent lawyers and judges. Pathetic.

    September 23, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  12. GF, Los Angeles

    With so much doubt he should be given another trial or sentenced to life in prison until he can prove his innocence. This is too harsh without evidence and recanted testimony.

    September 23, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  13. Maureen, Newman California

    I support the death penalty, but this does not sound right. I've never heard about this case, but it really sounds like this guy should be given another trial based on the fact that all of the witnesses recanted. Since that was really the only evidence against him. Witnesses make mistakes. Science does not. And according to this article, there was no forensic evidence. Very sad.

    September 23, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  14. Susan

    This is shocking. How can they not wait for the Supreme Court ... isn't it in 6 days?


    September 23, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  15. Deirdre

    Wow. How unfortunate if he is innocent. I will say a prayer for him, his family, and the officer's family.

    September 23, 2008 at 3:19 pm |